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Happy Birthday To Yonkers’ Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts, right, turns 42 on Friday.
Kevin Puts, right, turns 42 on Friday. Photo Credit: pulitzer.org

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Yonkers’ Kevin Puts!

Kevin Matthew Puts, who resides in Yonkers, turns 42 on Friday.

Puts, a composer, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his first opera, was born January 3, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri.

He is composer-in-residence at the Fort Worth Symphony and has received a commission from the Aspen Music Festival. His Cello Concerto was premiered by Yo-Yo Ma. Puts's works have been performed by the St. Louis Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Utah Symphony (with Evelyn Glennie as percussion soloist), the Miró Quartet, and Concertante. He is a frequent composer in residence at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which commissioned his fourth symphony and his flute concerto.

Puts was Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Texas at Austin from 1997 to 2005 and now teaches composition at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

His awards include:

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters composition prize.
  • 2001 Guggenheim Fellow.
  • 1996-1998 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence.
  • 2002 Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.
  • 2008 Opera Fund Awards, The Minnesota Opera: Silent Night.
  • 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Silent Night (libretto by Mark Campbell).

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